Nine of the best TV shows to watch this May

9. Eric 

For a series with a high-profile star, Benedict Cumberbatch, and creator, Abi Morgan, Eric is oddly under the radar. Cumberbatch stars as Vincent, a puppeteer on a television show called Good Day Sunshine, whose young son disappears, leaving behind a drawing of a monstrous blue creature. As Vincent begins to unravel, he creates a puppet called Eric and believes that if he gets Eric on television his son will return. Morgan (whose engaging series include The Hour and The Split) set this idiosyncratic emotional thriller in the gritty New York of the 1980’s. “Eric is a dark and crazy journey into the heart of 1980s New York – and the good, bad and ugly world of Vincent,” she has said. Cumberbatch has taken a broader view, saying of the show, “It is rooted in a lot of real-world issues, looking at parenthood, looking at marriage, looking at mental health, looking at the Aids pandemic, but also the ongoing crises of homophobia, of racism in institutions.”

Eric premieres 30 May on Netflix internationally

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